April 26, 2009 Subject:
Robert Massie on von Bulow Memoirs
Robert Massie, in Dreadnaught (Random House, 1991, pagfes 139-141), says of von Bulow's Memoirs: "The full range of Bulow's qualities, bright and dark, came out in his Memoirs. ... whose publication he deliberately postponed until his death, attempted to enshrine his own reputation by ruining all others. Instead, these pages, brimming with vanity and malice as well as with brilliant scenes and sparkling dialogue, irreparably damaged Bulow's reputation. Kaiser William II, the object of much of Bulow's public flattery and target of much of his private venom, made one of his own few witty remarks when he declared that Bulow was the only case he knew of a man who first died and then committed suicide."